Bridal Spotlight – Hayley + Trace

– Tell us about your engagement.
I was a Sports Medicine student athletic trainer while in college at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Trace gave me tickets to go back to a Notre Dame football game the next September for my birthday in April. The night before the game, we went to one of the most special spots on campus to me–the Grotto. Per usual, we lit a candle and said a prayer. Little did I know the candle that we lit had this inscription. He got down on one knee and proposed! Hiding in the bushes was not only the photographer, but our family and dearest friends. We all had a celebratory tailgate the next day and went to the game together (where Notre Dame won!).

– In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
Mr. Bobby and the staff are hands down the best! We their enthusiasm, experience, and excellent service, we felt completely comfortable letting them plan how the reception was going to go. They allowed the perfect balance between letting us choose what was important to us to have at the reception and planning what they knew best would be the perfect order and organization of the event. They went above and beyond what our expectations were (fireworks, ducks in the pool, food vendors!) and made the night absolutely perfect. It wasn’t my intention to have a fairytale wedding, but they absolutely made it something I could only dream of. Hands down would choose them over and over again!

– How did you and your partner meet?
Each year, the LSU dental students pick an incoming member of the first year class to join their “family”, where they pass down patients as the fourth year student graduates. My sister chose Trace as her “little” and after meeting him thought we would like each other. She smoothly introduced us at the next dental school party and we have been inseparable ever since.

– What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
The beauty, charm, and staff! We felt confident it would be a fun and memorable evening, and it was a HUGE relief to have an experienced staff to take care of all the details and arrangements. As a medical student, I did not want to spend too much time working out the details for the reception, so it was a major advantage to have Mr. Bobby and his staff taking care of everything for us. He did such an incredible job, there was no way I could have pulled it off like he did!

– What was your favorite moment of the night?
Too many to choose from, but the entrance was such a blast! We had fireworks and streamers–it was more than I could have imagined. Trace and I were blown away. All of the small details truly made the evening seem like a fairytale from the ducklings in the pool to the horses in the stables and the twinkle lights covering the gorgeous trees.

Bridal Spotlight – Logan + William

– In your opinion, what is the best characteristic of Southern Oaks Plantation?
Easy: everything! Southern Oaks Plantation seems like something out of a dream! The staff, the entire staff’s attention to detail was unmatched. All my emails were answered before I hit send, on my wedding night diddn’t have to think considering everything was already taken care of! The venue, I fell in love with the neutral color palette. It seemed everything was decorated exactly how I what I have designed it on my own. The ambiance, the lights in the trees from the candlelights throughout the space created the most enchanting aesthetic!

– What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
From the moment I drove up to Southern Oaks, the venue just took my breath away. Once I stepped inside, my decision was made. I loved the decor, but I knew after my initial meeting with Stacey that we were going to be taken care of extremely well. Being in the wedding industry, I knew I had high expectations, but each one was exceeded in every day. She answered all of my millions of questions with patience and understanding, and seemed willing to go above and beyond any detail I requested. I loved that every aspect of my wedding was going to be taken care of, from my linens to my champagne flutes. It seemed all of my wedding stress started to melt away as soon as I booked Southern Oaks!

– What was your favorite moment of the night?
The whole night was perfect, but I have to say the moment the fireworks went off I felt like I was in a dream. I was not expecting all of our guests to be excitedly waiting for us on the steps, and as soon I turned around the most incredible fireworks show began! Fairytale music played, we were surrounded by our closest loved ones, and I was the happiest I had ever been! Our guests still talk about this moment, and how amazing it was!

– Is there a particular staff member that really stood out to you?
The entire staff was more than accommodating, I don’t think I ever took two sips of my drink before it was immediately refreshed. I truly didn’t have to think about ANYTHING the entire night, as the staff ran the event perfectly. However, one memory that really shines is at the end of the evening as I was thanking Mr. Bobby for a perfect evening, I accidentally spilled a little champagne on my hand. He ran off, and came right back with a wet napkin and dry napkin so I wouldn’t be sticky. I can’t imagine being treated more like royalty anywhere else!

– What would you say to other brides considering Southern Oaks Plantation as their venue?
There is no doubt in my mind that I picked the perfect place for our wedding. When it is the most special day of your life you want to be treated as so, and the incredible staff of Southern Oaks Plantation will go beyond your wildest dream in ensuring that happens. I was beyond impressed with every detail, and you will absolutely feel like all of your wedding dreams have come true! I can say without question that Southern Oaks Plantation is the best venue in New Orleans!

Photographer: Sonia Savio Photography
Florist: Poppy + Mint Floral Company
Dress Salon: Town and Country Bridal
Tuxedo/Suit Shop: John’s Tuxedo
Videographer: Bower Productions
Bakery: Frosted Fantasies by Nikki
Makeup: Ashley Sievert Beauty
Hair: Salon Stephano
Band: Dat Band

Passion Makes Perfect

Mr. Bobby, along with his father Mr. Eddie Asaro showcasing the elite fleet of Southern Oaks Plantation!

If you’ve ever been to Southern Oaks Plantation, you know that the brains behind the operation belong to none other than Mr. Bobby Asaro. You may have also recognize the face of a friendly gentlemen, Mr. Eddie, who can frequently be seen helping out in a number of ways, including welcoming each guest into Southern Oaks. Rarely do you find the owner of a wedding venue present at nearly every single event, but Mr. Bobby’s mission is to ensure every detail is up to his standard of perfect. For him, Southern Oaks is less of a business and more of a passion. But this passion of entrepreneurship and desire for the highest of standards has been his destiny dating back to a time before he was even born.

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Vito Asaro, along with his father Giovanni Asaro and another employee at Royal Cedar Works.

Mr. Bobby’s entrepreneurial story began in 1921 with his grandfather, Vito Asaro, and father Eddie Asaro. Vito was a first generation immigrant from Italy, that successfully owned and operated “Royal Cedar Works” from 1921-1954. Royal Cedar Works was a custom cedar chest company that specialized in providing “hope chests” to newly engaged or soon to be engaged women. These chests were a must have for any woman recently betrothed, as the chest represented her new married life. Royal Cedar Works made countless brides’ wishes come true with their handmade, custom designed chests. The chests were made of Tennessee Red Cedar, hand sanded and finished with two coats of shellac, and two coats of varnish for a “high gloss” effect that was highly admired by the customers of their time. Every single chests was always inspected by Vito himself, and hand stamped with his initial, truly giving his seal of approval!

Mr. Eddie and several of his cousins gather for a parade on Mardi Gras Day on Royal Street.

Mr. Eddie has fond memories of how his father’s store shaped the history of the French Quarter. Set among antique stores and jewelry stores, this shop stood out. The dust from the chests would pour out onto the streets, and draw in customers with the fresh wood smell. Back in this time, Mardi Gras floats would roll down Royal Street and Mr. Eddie and his family would have front row seats to the carnival! Their family of seven would sit out to enjoy parades with neighboring businesses owners and customers!

This Royal Street staple became a destination for brides and grooms, as it was nestled right next to a jewelry store. The happy couple would select their jewelry and walk right next door where the bride would select the perfect chest, and the soon to be groom would purchase it. While Vito enjoyed the craftsmanship of the chests, Mr. Eddie truly enjoyed the customer service aspect of the family business. He was quite a skilled salesman, and remembers selling chests to 9 out of 10 customers that visited the shop! At only 14 years old, he was a natural people person and loved interacting with all of his customers. A quality that still shines through today with the couples of Southern Oaks!

Southern Oaks Plantation has been in business for 30 years, and Mr. Eddie is the fabric that has weaved this family business together. He’s never met a client who didn’t become a friend, as building relationships is truly his specialty! This heritage is ever present today as Bobby and Sue work hand in hand in creating that magic of Southern Oaks, along with their daughters.

Bobby and Sue Asaro along with their daughters at Southern Oaks Plantation.

As Vito Asaro was extremely detailed and ran Royal Cedar Works with the highest of standards, its evident why Mr. Bobby shows the same attention to detail. The passion for creating memorable events with first class service for brides and grooms has been prevalent for nearly a century! Since the 1920’s the Asaro Family has impacted the lives of countless couples through their dedication to perfection.

“You will only reach great success with your family by your side, because you can always depend on them . No matter what.” – Mr. Eddie Asaro

Mr. Eddie pictured with an original Royal Cedar Works hope chest. Take notice of the image of Southern Oaks Plantation right above!

Southern Oaks Plantation Gives Back

Southern Oaks Plantation is a proud supporter of Angel Grove Ranch. A non-profit located in Bush, Louisiana that strives to better the lives of children in their community. For seven years now, their team has dedicated themselves to a mission of assisting the less fortunate. The work to ensure the children “enjoy their own rehabilitation alongside the horses.”

Mr. Bobby Asaro, owner of Southern Oaks Plantation recounts how he stumbled upon this incredible organization, “We have been so blessed with a successful business, and I have always wanted to give back to the community. Everyone knows I feel passionate about helping out the “little guys” if you will – and once I heard about what Lisa was doing, I knew it was the perfect fit. I have always had a love for horses, and for helping out children and the Angel Grove Ranch was the absolute best fit. All I know is that something else was going on when her organization was brought into our lives, and I am so thankful. We love any opportunity we have to give back!”

On August 19th, Southern Oaks Plantation hosted hundreds of friends and family of the Angel Grove Ranch, all there to show their support of this amazing organization. Guests were treated to music, delicious food, and amazing evening of giving back. We also witness an incredibly emotional account of several of the ranch’s students, who were able to share just how much their lives have been impacted by Lisa and her team at Angel Grove Ranch.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and donated to this charity on our behalf.This was truly an incredible event, and we can’t wait until 2018!

Bridal Spotlight – Christie + Brandon

How did you and your partner meet?
We met playing pick up soccer through our medical school. I was about to start my first year and Brandon was about to start his second year. He asked for my number “so I could join his intramural league.”

What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
Southern Oaks was gorgeous and I knew we’d be taken care of! I didn’t look anywhere else after touring Southern Oaks. I’m so glad I chose it!

What was your favorite moment of the night?
The whole night was amazing. Our favorite moment was the second line at the end. We had an amazing band and it felt like every single person there was on the dance floor celebrating! We had people from out of town that had never experienced a New Orleans wedding, and we are so happy they got to share this moment with us.

Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
Almost all of my vendors were from the suggested vendors list and they were awesome.
Michael Caswell– Photographer
Katie Malone – Makeup
Karlie Lacoste – Hair
Bella Blooms – Florist
The Royal Cakery – cakes

Bridal Spotlight – Ellie + Ryan

How did you and your fiancé meet?
We met in the 3rd grade. He and my twin brother were (and still are) best friends and lived in the same neighborhood as us! We went to elementary, middle and high school together. We are complete opposites. Ryan–introvert, and me–extrovert!! Complete opposites!

What made you select Southern Oaks Plantation as your wedding venue?
I was a bridesmaid in my Big Sis in Kappa Delta, Lauren Durrett Charrier’s, wedding and fell in love with the beauty and awesome staff!

What was your favorite moment of the night?
My ABSOLUTE favorite moment was when we were surprised with the fireworks and confetti after the ceremony!!! It was SO awesome!!!!!

Is there any other feedback you’d like to include?
Southern Oaks is by far the BEST venue and has the BEST staff!! Everyone in the bridal party kept saying “We had our own attendants and it was awesome! We never went without a drink!” Also, since we live in Shreveport, most of our family and friends didn’t understand why we were getting married in NOLA…. They FINALLY understood when they saw the venue. They said it was a magical night!!!

Are there any other vendors you’d like to mention in this feature?
I would like to thank Eric Fredericks from Bee’s Florist for providing beautiful flowers and for Haydel’s Bakery for making a beautiful/delicious cake! Also, my WONDERFUL photographer Ivy B Photography for capturing such beautiful moments.

The Elite Coordination Team at Southern Oaks Plantation Makes Your Wedding Unique

A dream wedding and reception takes work to pull off, lots of work. Hours of preparation, hundreds of choices to make and dozens of tasks to coordinate can turn the planning of this special event into a continual headache. There is an alternative to this stressful proposition – choose a Southern Oaks Plantation all-inclusive wedding package. This package allows you to turn many of the details of your event planning over to your own Elite Coordination Team. Our experienced planners have the resources to take the pressure off of you as your vision turns into magical reality.

Leading up to the big day, your wedding consultants will advise you as you make intricate decisions that make your event special and uniquely yours. They will answer any questions you may have and offer suggestions to make the planning process go smoothly. Their goal is for the future bride and groom to feel relaxed and excited about the celebration and not become overwhelmed making the small decisions.

This same team at Southern Oaks will then take charge of the on-site details on your wedding day. You will have three different event coordinators taking part in your celebration. Your only task is to bask in the moment and enjoy your day. Your team will take care of the participants and guests while keeping everything running smoothly and on-time.

Dedicated to setting the perfect stage for your perfect day, your team will ensure that your reception also proceeds without a hitch. The bride and groom are both attended to by their own personal butler. Anticipating their every need is just one of their many duties. Along with the coordinators, they will ensure that all participants are present and prepared for each featured element of the event.

These are just a few of the many benefits you’ll enjoy when you plan your dream wedding with Southern Oaks Plantation. Allow us to be a part of the biggest day of your life.

Southern Oaks Plantation: Our Elite Coordination Team

When you are planning your special event, the beauty of Southern Oaks Plantation is just the starting point for an elegant celebration. Our elite team coordinates weddings with panache, and you will benefit from their excellence and top-notch customer service as you plan every detail of your wedding celebration.

Our Elite Coordination Team

The convenience of our on-site team means you will relax while we assist you with the details of making your big day a memorable event. Planning a wedding is often overwhelming for brides and grooms, but with our skilled team on your side, every detail will be carefully addressed to ensure that your celebration exceeds your expectations.

Our All-Inclusive Wedding Package

Our all-inclusive wedding package is a convenient and comprehensive way to place the burden of wedding planning on our capable coordination team. We’ll answer all of your questions and provide hands-on guidance every step of the way. On your wedding day, our team will be there to take charge of every tiny detail.

A Flawless Ceremony

With three professional coordinators working tirelessly to make your event perfect, you will relax and enjoy the meaningful ceremony shared with friends and family. We’ll be behind the scenes to choreograph each moment of the ceremony and to assist your wedding party and guests. We will ensure that the timing is perfect and you will relish the moments of this life-changing event.

Your Reception Celebration

Your wedding reception will also enjoy our personal touch and expert coordination services. With personal attendants to meet the bride and groom’s needs, you will have everything you need at your fingertips. Whether you need a drink, a plate of food, or it’s time to cut the cake, you maintain a focus on your new spouse, family, and guests while we attend to the details.

Contact Us

Contact Southern Oaks Plantation today for complete information about our beautiful event venue, our all-inclusive wedding package, and our elite coordination team. We are eager to help you create the wedding of your dreams!

A Drawing On A Napkin — How Southern Oaks Plantation Got its Start

As Southern Oaks Plantation approaches our 30th anniversary, we want to celebrate by thinking back to how things began: with a drawing on a napkin.

New Orleans natives Bobby and Sue Asaro, the founders, had successful positions in the medical field when they were newlyweds. The two of them had been working in the medical field for nearly ten years, Bobby as a vascular technologist and Sue as an ultrasound technician. While they were anxious, they knew they wanted to pursue a new challenge in their lives.

Bobby had found a new passion in photography. To progress his hobby, he would set photo shoots of weddings and soon, Sue was joining him in the events. Through all their creative and energetic efforts, Bobby and Sue became the most sought after photographers in the business.

Although things were great, Bobby noticed something missing. Working closely with brides, reception venues, and catering companies, he realized what that thing was. A personalized service — paying personal attention to the bride, groom, and their parents. To convey this idea, Bobby sketched the venue on a napkin for Sue while at dinner one evening. The first step toward the ambitious dream of opening their own reception venue was to find the right location.

Southern Oaks Plantation 2015

Driving down Hayne Boulevard one afternoon, Bobby spotted what would become Southern Oaks Plantation. A stately antebellum-style home, vacant and neglected at the time, held the potential to be the beautiful venue Bobby imagined. While friends and family tried to talk him out of the decision because of the property’s failed past, Bobby was convinced that this property would achieve success.

The bad luck hanging over the property vanished when Bobby and Sue Asaro opened the gates in January, 1987 and the first celebration was booked that same day.

With attention to detail, the Asaros have built something of excellence. Atmosphere, body language, and cleanliness are always carefully monitored during an event to live up to Bobby and Sue’s expectations of impeccable service.

The Asaros looked to the best in the business for inspiration: Walt Disney. Bobby has attended numerous seminars conducted at the Disney Institute and has modeled many pieces in the operation after the Disney theme. Hand-picked employees, each understanding the philosophy of top service at the Southern Oaks Plantation, properly attired and approachable are integral in our daily workings and are proud to be working in this tremendous establishment.

Among other awards and accolades, Southern Oaks Plantation has won the “Bride’s Choice Award” from WeddingWire, the only venue in Louisiana to be given that honor, and has been chosen as the “Best of Weddings” Pick by The Knot consecutively for the last three years. Bobby says that it was easy to become one of the top locations in the business, but as business grows, it has been a challenge to remain in that position.

As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we will continue to be dedicated to improving the experience at Southern Oaks to exceed the expectations of every guest at every event and jubilation. To place a reservation or for more information about Southern Oaks Plantation, please contact us. We are happy to serve you!

Southern Oaks Plantation Coordinator Gets National Attention for New Business Model

The search is over. You have found your perfect mate- that person that you want to grow old with. The time is right, and you know you are ready to ask that one important question…”Will you marry me?” How will you do it? How can you make it special? How can you manage to plan that perfect proposal when you are a bundle of nerves yourself?

Stacey Asaro, one of the members of the events team here at Southern Oaks Plantation, has taken part in creating dream weddings for many brides and grooms. In doing so, she often spoke with the brides about the proposal experience. Realizing that the proposal was often not as memorable as the bride would have liked, the idea for proposal planning services popped into her head. Out of that Project Proposal was born.

Since its inception just a year ago, Stacey has been flooded with requests from potential grooms all over the world, each wanting the “proposal she would never forget” for their future mate. Stacey is eager to make the grooms vision come true. With the network of resources that Stacey has built, she is able to plan a proposal in the time range that a client needs whether it be in a day, a week, a month or even longer.

Stacey’s idea for creating magic from the very start of the wedding process has caught the attention of the media. recently featured Stacey, the unique business model she created with Project Proposal, and her ever-increasing clientele on their Personal Pages space. We are excited to be able to share this article with you. To read it just click the following link:

We are proud to have Stacey as a member of our team here at Southern Oaks Plantation. For more information on Project Proposal, and the complete list of services offered, please feel free to contact us.